The Professional Engineer - Promoting professional engineering

Professional Engineering... Creativity Rewarded

This web site is maintained by IESIS (A multidisciplinary professional engineering institution) to promote the principle that professional engineering is a very important activity in human affairs. Young people with high level qualifications from school seeking to decide on a career should consider professional engineering.

Students need to make the correct links between the subjects they select for study at school and the careers they want to follow.

The information available from this website is intended to help in making such a choice and provides guidance on:

* Qualifications required to achieve C.Eng (Chartered Engineer) status -see education       
* Career variety see careers
* Current salary expectations for Chartered Engineers which are high and rising. - see salaries

Salaries

Engineering salaries continue to rise faster than inflation.  The Engineer’s Magazine 2019 survey shows that the average for all engineers (including lower paid non-chartered engineers) rose from £47,896 in 2018 to £51,253 in 2019 - a rise of 7%

The Engineering UK 2018/19 Report indicates that:

Graduate Engineer starting salaries average 18% higher than the mean for all graduates at £25,607 - behind only  Medicine, Dentistry and Vets.

The UK needs many more Professional Engineers

Did you know that in 2014 there were approximately 205,000 Professional (i.e. Chartered and Incorporated) engineers registered with the UK Engineering Council.

The Engineering UK 2019/19 report estimated that the UK will need 124,000 new graduate engineers and technicians per year from 2012 until 2022 and an annual shortfall  of 22,000 graduates per year is predicted.

6% of Engineering employers report recruitment problems.

Engineering is not in decline and needs young qualified people,men and women

Engineering is Big in the UK

In 2019 27% of enterprises in the UK were engineering related.

In 2019, engineering generated 23% of the UK total turnover

19% of the UK total work force is employed in the engineering sector and the increase in the number of UK engineering enterprises was 6% between 2015 and 2016 (Engineering UK 2018/19 Report).

Indeed the Information and Communication sector (which requires computer and electronics engineers) saw an increase of 40% in engineering enterprises over the 5 years up to 2016.


Where are the jobs?

Engineering in the UK employs more than 5.6m people. 

Job vacancies are increasing as we are not meeting the demand for engineers with 2.6 job vacancies for every 100 jobs filled. We expect this shortfall to continue to increase year on year.

124,000 new graduates and qualified technicians are needed by the UK each year.

Biggest job sectors are, approximately :

      Electrical/Electronic                1.5m      
      Production/Manufacturing      1.0m
      Chem/Process/Energy            0.95m
      Auto Engineering                   0.38m

More cars are built in one area of the UK (Sunderland) than in the whole of Italy.

With a turnover of £32bn, the UK aerospace industry is the world’s 2nd largest.

The UK space industry now employs 39,000 with 7,200 of these jobs in Scotland.

What subjects do I need for university?

So employment opportunities are high and the financial rewards are out there for all high school students,girls and boys, who select their main Highers subjects from STEM- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Final selection will depend on what area of engineering interests you most - e.g. Biology for bio-engineering, Chemistry for Chemical/Process engineering, Maths for all, Physics/Engineering Science for mechanical/ civil/structural/electrical/electronics etc. Always check with the university websites listed and your guidance teacher before finalising your subject choices.

The Engineering UK 2018/19 Report notes that the number of students taking STEM subjects at Higher level in 2017 was about the same as in 2016.Those taking STEM Advanced Highers increased slightly over the same period.

Overall entries across A Level subjects decreased by 1% between 2016 and 2017 and, worryingly, by 3.9% over the 5 years to 2017.

IESIS hopes that this website will encourage even more of you to take STEM subjects once you have reviewed the information on the wide range of highly rewarding and exciting careers offered by engineering that we have consolidated for you within the site.

Get in Touch

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Glasgow
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Tel: 0141 248 3721
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Email: secretary@iesis.org